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New Post 3/7/2013 10:19 PM
  the Alban
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A Friendly Warning for First-Time Buyers 
Just wanted to post this as a friendly warning if you're planning to buy an RV for the first time. Many sales agents would tell you that you don't need to get a special license to drive them, especially Class A Motorhomes. DON'T BELIEVE THEM! My friend learned this lesson the hard way. Driving rules and policies differ from one state to another. Many nowadays require you to get a special non-commercial license in order to drive one of these babies. These licenses are structured around the federal classifications for weight, and what you will be towing. If you are stopped by a police officer or get into an accident, and you don't have this special license with you, not only will you find yourself having to pay a hefty fine. It will also give your insurance company a reason to drop you, and it will be very difficult to get coverage from another.
 
New Post 3/11/2013 1:27 PM
  harold
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Re: A Friendly Warning for First-Time Buyers 
We actually encountered that same misinformation when we got our Motorhome. It was a good thing that we decided to ask the DMV when we were having it registered whether we needed some special type of license for it. The lady was actually shocked when we did. She was like "didn't your sales agent tell you?" and we told her no. On the brighter side, the lady was kind enough to help us with the requirements for us to be able to get this.
 
New Post 3/12/2013 12:52 PM
  Matthew
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Re: A Friendly Warning for First-Time Buyers 
Personally, it's a case to case basis from the way I see it. I think most of the time, the problem lies when you buy an RV from another state that just so happens not to require one. Of course, when that happens, you can be sure that the agent will tell you that.
 
New Post 3/13/2013 11:53 PM
  maximo
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Re: A Friendly Warning for First-Time Buyers 
I would have to agree with Matthew. I got a friend who's a sales agent in one of the local RV dealers here, and they are required to know the requirements and policies when it comes to owning an RV within a particular city or state. But they are not necessarily required to know all of the policies and requirements across the country.

Personally, I believe it's our own responsibility to check out what are the requirements that comes along with buying an RV. Yes, sales agents should tell us, but we are the future owners. So we need to also make sure that we cross all our t's and dot our i's so to speak.
 
New Post 3/18/2013 12:32 AM
  lizzpreto
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Re: A Friendly Warning for First-Time Buyers 
Thanks for the heads up. Now, I'm a bit curious. What if I live in a state where a special license is not required, and then we head off to go camping in a state that does require it, and we get stopped? Will we be taken at fault there?
 
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